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April 13, 2006

MARY LOUISE (McKNIGHT) GUY (5/10/1920 – 4/8/2006)
(4/10/1931 - 12/11/2001)

Mary Louise (McKnight) Guy, 85, of Kirksville, MO, was called home on April 8, 2006, from the Kirksville Manor Care Center, Kirksville, MO, after a lengthy illness.

Mary Louise was born May 10, 1920, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Samuel Wilson “Wills” and Bertha March McKnight.

On November 27, 1947, she married Dorsey Vern Guy, who preceded her in death on May 14, 1999. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lester McKnight; a sister, Millie and a half-sister, Veda Ridge.

Mary is survived by two daughters, Marla Gramling and husband, Stephen, and Laura Rice and husband, John, all of Kirksville, MO; one beloved grandson, Landon Wilson Rice, whom she took care of since his birth. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Alma McKnight of Seattle, WA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was raised in Scotland County, MO, and graduated from Memphis High School. She later attended Truman State University, formerly Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Home Economics. She taught in public schools for several years and was also certified as a real estate broker. Mary and Dorsey retired to Kirksville, in 1984.

She was known as an accomplished seamstress and made many clothes for herself and her daughters through the years and many doll clothes. Mary made the bridesmaid/matron, flower girl, and mother of the bride dresses for both of her daughters’ weddings. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of the Kirksville Chapter #184 Order of Eastern Star, Sojourners Club, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and a past member of the Adair County Historical Society, Kirksville Arts Association, A.T. Still Osteopathic Museum, Truman State University Friends Association, Friends of the Adair County Library, Senior Circle and the Scotland County Genealogical Society.

Mary belonged to the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville, MO, where she was a member of the Inquirer’s Sunday School class and served as a volunteer until her illness. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends,

An Eastern Star service was held April 11, 2006, at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO, conducted by the Kirksville Chapter #184, O.E.S.

A graveside service was held at the Memphis Cemetery in Memphis, MO, on April 12, 2006, with Reverend Jim Robinson, Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was at the Memphis Cemetery, Memphis, MO. An expression of sympathy in memory of Mary L. Guy may be made to the United Methodist Church of Kirksville, MO, Memphis Cemetery Association or the American Heart Association. Contributions can be left at or mailed to the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 East Shepherd Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501.

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